Remember when there were two options for styling with a hot tool, straight or curly? Well, now there’s a gizmo for virtually any style you crave. That’s convenient, since everything from super straight to ’40s-inspired pin curls is hot right now: “On the runway, we’re seeing a big mash-up of glam, grunge and sleek,” says Jeanie Syfu, lead stylist for Tresemmé at New York Fashion Week, who created the edgy yet polished locks at Nanette Lepore’s spring show and the soft,’70s-style curls at Jenny Packham’s. “Everything is in. It all comes down to your personal style.” Here, discover the exact right tool for whatever look you’re after.
Try it if… You desire springy curls with lots of body. How it works: Place a half-inch to 1-inch section of hair in the chamber (you can’t force in more than that), aiming the opening toward your head. Press down on the curler so the barrel draws hair in. When you hear the final beep, release for a perfectly coiled tendril. No accidental burns here!
Pro Tip: “You don’t want all the curls to fall in the same pattern,” says Benjamin Mohapi of Benjamin With Negin Zand in West Hollywood. After curling, throw your head upside down and shake hair out so curls come apart a bit.
Soft, Bouncy Curls
Try it if… You want (seemingly) effortless loose curls that don’t fall flat.How it works: Put your forearm over the top of your head with the clampless, tapered wand facing down. Wrap hair around it like a ribbon, from the thick base toward the thinner tip.
Pro Tip: All done? Spray with hairspray, let curls cool into shape, then brush through for “amazing airy, bouncy hair,” as Mohapi describes it.
Try it if… You’re in a rut and long to try something trendy. How it works: Today’s crimpers are bigger than their ’80s-style versions, giving “more of a soft ripple than a severe zigzag,” says Mohapi. Lift a 2-inch section of hair, sandwich it between the clamp for about five seconds, then release. Continue downward.
Pro Tip: Not up for a whole head of crimped hair? Just do your ponytail: “The smoothness in the front makes the look extreme.
Try it if… You have medium to Long Hair and are shooting for cascading waves with very little fuss. How it works: This gizmo is truly foolproof: Holding the iron vertically, with the clamp facing you, secure hair on the barrel. Then press L or R (for the left or right side of your head) and hit Go. The iron automatically rotates away from your face as hair wraps around it.
Pro Tip: Place hair in the iron about an inch off the ends and curl up to midshaft for a casually tousled effect.